The history of Gérard Perrier Industrie is closely linked to that of its founder.
Gérard Perrier is an automation engineer who closely followed the beginnings of automation in industry. Blessed with a consummate business streak, he decided to leave the large Group he was working for to set up on his own. He created SOTEB in 1967 at Belley in the Ain region and built up its order book by providing general electrical services.
Group strength3 years later, in 1970, GERAL was created.
GERAL initially specialised in the manufacture of electrical boards, but rapidly developed skills in automation, industrial computing and electronics.
Automation is becoming increasingly important in the industrial sphere. Both companies developed rapidly in this market. Their expertise, combined with a strong customer service culture rapidly made them indispensable.
In 1988, the Gérard Perrier Industrie holding company was formed.
In 1997, the GPI holding company was transferred from the OTC Market to the Second Tier Market.
Since 1997, Gérard Perrier Industrie's turnover has shown regular growth.
In 2005 and 2007, the acquisitions of ARDATEM and MADITECH strengthened GPI's position in the growth sectors of energy and nuclear.
In 2007, the acquisition of SEIREL AUTOMATISMESadded new skills to GPI's portfolio in the areas of power drives, automatic safety systems and cable transport.
In 2011, SERA joined the GPI Group and added its knowledge of automation as applied to the agriculture industry.
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